Atlanta is a city with a prolific past and a sharp eye on the future. In the 1960s, Atlanta was a major organizing center of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and students from the city's historically black colleges and universities playing major roles in the movement's leadership.
Today, Atlanta is at another critical juncture and its kids are at the center of it. More than 400,000 students are growing up in poverty across the region. Just one out of every five low-income students in the metro area will attend a high-quality pre-k program, compared with four out of five in the more affluent areas nearby. Students from low-income communities are twice as likely to attend a school that has not met adequate yearly progress, and just 31 percent of students will go on to college, compared with 79 percent of their higher income peers.
In partnership with schools, districts, and community supporters, we are working to provide equal educational opportunities for all Metro Atlanta students, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Our teachers and alumni are a source of talent and energy for the schools and city. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of these teachers and leaders, Teach For America – Metro Atlanta is positioned to significantly impact the life trajectories of students in our region’s high-need communities.